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Join CLA and leading arbitration institutions and organizations from around the world – in a week-long series of complimentary virtual/hybrid programs – celebrating international arbitration in California. California International Arbitration Week is hosted by the ADR Committee of the CLA Litigation Section Read more
A monthly publication of the Litigation Section of the California Lawyers Association. Senior Editor, Eileen C. Moore, Associate Justice, California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division ThreeManaging Editor, Julia C. Shear KushnerEditors, Dean Bochner, Jonathan Grossman, Jennifer Hansen, Gary A. Watt, David Williams, Ryan Wu Child Sex Tourism. A criminal defendant was arrested returning from the Philippines, where he engaged in sex tourism involving minors. He arranged for his illegal activities through online messaging services provided by Yahoo and Facebook.… Read more
California International Arbitration Week celebrates international arbitration in California. The theme of the 2023 event is “International Arbitration in California.” Read more
Proposed Changes to Federal Rules On June 7, 2022, the Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure approved publication of proposed amendments to the following Federal Rules: Civil Rule 12 (time to serve a responsive pleading)Evidence Rules 611 (illustrative aids), 613 (impeachment by prior inconsistent statement), 801 (hearsay exception for statement of a party opponent), 804 (hearsay exception for declarations against interest), and 1006 (summaries)Appellate Rules 32 (form of papers), 35 (en-banc determination), 40 (petition for panel rehearing),… Read more
Mack Jenkins is an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) and Chief of the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.  Mack is a graduate of Yale Law School and joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2008. He prosecutes and supervises the prosecution of some of the most impactful and sensitive matters in the Department of Justice.  Read more
In this interview, Judge Wilner shares what motivated him to pursue the bench, his experience transitioning from advocate to neutral, his views on what makes a successful advocate, and the importance of professionalism and civility in the federal courts. Read more
Recent cases from the United States Supreme Court have shown what has been considered “settled law” can nonetheless be overruled. This creates opportunities and pitfalls for practitioners. Counsel has an ethical duty to inform the court of controlling authority. Nonetheless, the existence of adverse controlling authority is not necessarily determinative. This seminar discusses what authority is controlling and how to handle adverse case law. Finally, this seminar discusses the philosophical and practical implications of a period when “settled law” is not so settled. Read more
What do you do when an ethical issue arises during a mediation? How do you handle the difficult and awkward discussion that lies ahead? Whether you are acting as a neutral or an advocate, our interactive discussion will provide tools to navigate these difficult decisions and conversations. We will review and discuss various hypothetical situations that present ethical dilemmas. Read more
In its 34th year, a Week in Legal London is pleased to continue the tradition of providing exciting new opportunities for interaction with UK colleagues at exceptional legal and historic destinations. Read more
This quarter’s newsletter includes an interview with the Hon. Michael R. Wilner, a Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of California and an interview with Mack Jenkins, Chief of the Public Corruption and Civil Rights Section at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles. Read more

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